A review of Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, a book about the life of alumna Eunice Carter ’32, was published in Caribbean Life News.
Eunice Hunton was eight years old when she told a little playmate that she wanted to be a lawyer someday. That wasn’t too far-fetched — both her parents were successful, educated activists for “the darker nation” — but it was unlikely, since just a handful of “Negroes” were lawyers in 1907, and even fewer were women.
Her mother believed that raising a family was a woman’s highest achievement but as an adult, Eunice would have none of that. She did her duty, marrying a Harlem dentist and bearing a son, but when faced with the possibility of a lifetime as a socialite, she couldn’t bear the thought. Mindful of her childhood dream, she enrolled at Fordham Law School in the fall of 1927.
“…Eunice,” says Carter, “found the law fascinating.”